It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction. – Warren Buffett
If you know me at all, you know I don’t have much love for reality celebrities. In my opinion, people who are famous for being famous are taking away resources – time, talent, treasure – from others who are doing truly amazing things in the world, from people who have amazing things to say that will make us better.
I want people to be amazing. I want people to find joy in their lives. I want so much for people, but instead, I see a culture more and more dominated by celebrities who add very little value. I have no idea why the Kardashians or Real Housewives are relevant. The only reason I can come up with is that we are so burned out and exhausted that we will do anything to turn our minds off for the sake of relaxation. That I understand, but I still think there are better ways to achieve a state of rest.
Instead, this week I want to point you toward a short list of influencers who, in my opinion, are doing things worthy of our time and attention:
- Brad Lomenick. Brad is an insightful leader and consultant who is willing to use his relationships to bring people together with the simple goal of making each of them better. He is also the author of H3 Leadership – a book that has so much insight for leaders that you will want to revisit it again and again.
- Carey Niewhof. He is a great interviewer on the Carey Niewhof Leadership Podcast and an innovator that takes leadership principles and makes them relevant for both marketplace and ministry leaders. He is also a Canadian pastor, so he presents a slightly different perspective than American-born leaders might.
- Ken Coleman. Ken is the host of the EntreLeadership Podcast through Dave Ramsey’s organization and has a pure desire to make people better.
- Tim Leman. He is a great regional leader who is committed to leaving his company, Gibson Insurance, and his community a better place at the end of the journey than when he started.
- PJ Fleck. Brilliant marketer. Creative leader. Outstanding football coach at Western Michigan University who is committed to changing the lives of young men in our community.
- Shauna Niequist. Shauna is an author who is honest, transparent, funny – and when your last name is Kitchens, you like anybody who focuses on bringing people together around food.
- Scott Harrison. Scott Harrison is changing the world. His business model for charity:water is so well-documented and transparent. That is going to be the model that the best organizations in the world adopt to bring change and advocacy. He is the creator of, what I believe, is going to be the Millennials’ focus on philanthropy. Plus – he’s coming to speak at Catalyst University 2016, so you have a chance to hear him live in Kalamazoo in late January!
I hope you’ll take a look at their blogs, books and Twitter feeds. I believe they each have something of value to offer you.
Question: Who are some of the influencers you recommend I give my attention to?